Tether launches HTML5 tethering solution for iPhone and iPad for $30 per year (with video)

“It was clear from our initial application iTether, there was enormous demand within the iPhone ecosystem,” says Tim Burke, CEO of Tether, on the company’s blog. “It was unfortunate that Apple decided to remove our application, only 20 hours after we launched. However, this caused us to innovate. Our underlying patent-pending technology behind Tether for iPhone is unlike anything on the market.”

Tether’s new version for the iPhone is purely based on HTML5 and creates a completely wireless connection over AdHoc. This circumvents the need of buying the application directly from Apple’s App Store and allows any iPhone or iPad with a data connection to allow tethering.

Frequent travelers in particular love Tether because it works all over the world, no matter what network or carrier is available at the time. There’s no need to worry about reconfiguring the Internet connection from network to network.

Features:
• Internet Anywhere: You can use Tether anywhere you have cellular coverage.
• Easy Setup: Download our software to your iPhone and another for your laptop. Then surf the web and email just like you would with any Internet connection.
• Fast Speeds: Download speeds that are unbelievably fast.
• No Tethering Fees: Tether uses your phone’s data plan and we do not charge tethering fees.
• All iPhones: Tether is compatible with all iPhones.
• All Carriers: Tether has been used on carriers all over the world.
• Mac and Windows Compatible

A subscription to Tether costs $30 per year (30-day money back guarantee).

More info here.

MacDailyNews Take: Data is data. Take that, dumb pipes!

MacDailyNews Note: If you got a new iPad Wi-Fi + 4G with Verizon Wireless, you will have tethering via those units for no additional charge.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Edward Weber” for the heads up.]

Related articles:
Verizon including mobile hotspot in iPad data plans at no additional charge – March 8, 2012
That didn’t take long: After download frenzy, Apple pulls iTether from App Store – November 29, 2011
‘iTether’ unlimited tethering app appears in Apple’s App Store (with video) – November 29, 2011

32 Comments

  1. Yes! more innovations like this will kill off stupid wireless companies like AT&T where they try to shunt a pipe up the customer’s [ explicit content deleted ] just to suck out all the money they can…

  2. What hypocrisy!

    ATT spends billions to build out and operate a cellular network and people complain about paying them a reasonable price to use their network.

    Tether writes a few hundred lines of code and people are excited about paying them $30 per year. After doubling their price!

    What hypocrisy from MDN and its readers!

    1. It’s not hypocrisy. Here’s the difference: I’m paying AT&T $30 a month for 3GB of data for my iPhone. I never come anywhere close to 1GB, nevermind 3GB. But if I want to tether my MacBook Pro to my iPhone I have to pay AT&T an extra $20 a month for the privilege. Yeah, they give me another 2GB, but I don’t even use the 3GB I have. Long story short, AT&T should make tethering FREE. You should be able to use your allocated data however you want. If I end up going over 3GB, I’ll be happy to pay AT&T that extra $20 for 2GB more.

      So in the case of Tether, I’d rather pay them $30 a year to use my existing 3GB of data than pay AT&T $240 a year for 5GB I’ll never use.

      1. Precisely. Data is data. It doesn’t matter where it’s going – into the iPhone or into the MacBook Pro. So as long as we stay within our 3 or 5 gig limits we shouldn’t have to pay extra to tether.

    1. $5 says AT&T, Verizon, and sprint figure out a way to see you are using itether and switch you over to the data tether plan. (after a warning)
      Just like they did with jailbroken iPhones using the tether apps last year.

      I have no use for this, I am not so desperate to have the Internet on my MBP that I need to pay for this.

      99% of the time the MBP doesn’t leave my house.. And when it does, it’s to a place with wifi.

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